Originally Posted by dixoncreations
The house we just purchased only has two large pin oaks in the yard, both about 3-4ft diameter and about 25 feet apart (just eyeballing it). I was a little disappointed that they are almost double the optimal distance apart ....
I use two large maples that are about that distance apart. In fact, I've been surprised by posts saying 15' is optimal. To me, that's much too short. When looking for trees on the trail, I pace off and find that 6 to 7 steps is optimal. That's about 18 to 21 feet. For me, 25 is certainly not double the optimal distance.
In my case at home, with the two maples in my yard, I have chains with eyebolts in each tree, because my Pawley's Island Hammock stays up all summer. When I want to hang my Hennessey there, I just use a bit of the chains on each end to attach my whoopies to.